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Giveaway: MENGSEL – 2 Winners, £100 Gift Cards Each!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. It’s day two of our twelve days of fun here on decor8 and I’m really enjoying #12daysofgiveaways so far! Today is a special day because we have not one but two giveaways, the first being from Mengsel where two of you can win £100 in free products from their site and on top of that, free shipping. Luzelle van der Westhuizen is the owner/maker behind this South African brand, now based in London, and she stocks everything from tea towels to prints, baby clothes, cushions, ceramics and more – all with her prints on them in bold, graphic patterns.

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Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to Mengsel.com and find a favorite item (for instance, my favorite is their watermelons print).
  • Comment below and tell us about the favorite item (you can link to it if you’d like) and why you love it, how you’d use it, etc.

THAT’S IT!

You can enter as many times as you like but only ONCE per day. Our two winners will be each be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th here on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to all readers regardless of where you live. You need to complete both steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

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Thank you Luzelle and Mengsel for being so generous to us all!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #3 Nina, #309 Chelsie

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Posted in contests on December 02, 2014

Giveaway: MINTED – 2 Winners, $200 Gift Cards Each!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. I’m SO EXCITED because I’m hosting #12daysofgiveaways so in addition to my usual posts, you can enter to win a new contest daily, including weekends, from now until December 12th. Some days I will post 2 giveaways. This is seriously insane, right? I have tons of gorgeous gifts and gift cards from some of my favorite shops totaling over $3,000 and we’ll have over 34 winners! I had such a good year with the birth of my son that I wanted to give back a little so I figured this would be a nice way to do that. Kicking off the party is Minted who carries everything from cards to art, fabrics to garlands, table runners to custom baby announcements. Their site is beyond gorgeous and packed full of things you’ll want to own. They are giving away TWO $200 shopping sprees on their website. Woo hoo!

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That’s right, TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS in whatever you want in their online shop. And they’ve just added FABRIC and FOIL STAMPED CARDS to their collection too. Seriously, amazing – right?

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to Minted.com and find a favorite item
  • Comment below and tell us about the favorite item (you can link to it if you’d like) and why you love it, how you’d use it, etc. And leave your @twittername too
  • OPTIONAL – Tweet about this giveaway by cutting and pasting: “I’ve entered to win $200 in gifts from @minted and @decor8 #12daysofgiveaways http://wp.me/po210-3ew”

THAT’S IT!

You can enter as many times as you like but only ONCE per day. Our two winners will be each be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th here on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to all readers regardless of where you live. You need to complete the first two steps above in order to qualify. Thank you!

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Thank you Minted for being so generous to us all!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #126 Leslie Flogerzi, #260 Teresa Micheile Henderson

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Posted in contests on December 01, 2014

Giveaway: Free Books! Win IN DETAIL By Hans Blomquist

I have a GREAT giveaway for interiors enthusiasts out there today. You can win one of FIVE copies of the stunning brand new title by stylist and art director Hans Blomquist, IN DETAIL, from Ryland Peters + Small. Photographed by both Hans and professional photographer (on the world’s best) Debi Treloar, this is THE coffee table book of the moment. Would you like to WIN a copy? C’mon, of course you would! And since it doesn’t release until next week – and I’m kicking off his blog tour online – 5 days, 5 bloggers — I’m also including a book review and some brand new images from the book to feast your eyes upon that you can pin and click on for a larger view.

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I’ve snapped a photo of the book on my coffee table above so you can see how lovely it really looks as a decorative object in addition to a learning tool.

About the author: Hans Blomquist is a renowned art director and stylist whose evocative, painterly style is highly sought after by a multitude of prestigious brands. Hans started out working for IKEA in Sweden at the tender age of 16 and ended up art directing their catalogue. He then moved to London, where he was based for eleven years working as a freelance art director for clients such as Harrods, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Hans now lives in Paris where he recently directed campaigns for H&M, Monoprix and Zara.

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Description: In Detail takes a closer look at the details behind international interiors stylist and art director Hans Blomquist’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world. In hundreds of ravishingly beautiful, inspiring pictures, he encourages the reader to see the world through his own eyes, revealing the possibilities in even the humblest of items and putting together pieces to create striking, painterly and evocative rooms and displays. Chapter by chapter, Hans focuses on and discusses the key ingredients of his distinctive look: Nature, Texture, Colour, Textiles, Collecting and Display. He explains the creative process, offers up his own treasures and puts inspiring ideas for beautiful interiors within every reader’s reach.

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5 Things I Liked About This Book:

  1. I love that it is split into the very details that make a house a home. Nature, Texture, Color, Textiles, Collections and Display.
  2. I love the paper quality, the jacket image, the jacket texture, the size, the overall quality of the book makes me happy.
  3. The moody, gorgeous photography – each photo has a cinematic feel to it – like you are watching a gorgeous film.
  4. That Hans has a conversation with the reader. He doesn’t ramble on and on. He gives food for thought. Lots of it.
  5. Hans offers styling tips and ideas throughout. He doesn’t show, he also tells. Often stylists have a hard time putting into words what it is that they do, which often means that books by stylists can lack real advice and are mostly filled with inspirational imagery. These days, we can get all of that on Pinterest and blogs. Content is king. What does the author have to teach? Knowledge is what I think we’re going for when we buy interiors books today. Hans doesn’t show elaborate step-by-step projects for any of his ideas, but he does talk through the images explaining the thinking behind how he has styled it or what you, the reader, could try at home yourself.

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5 Things That I Learned By Reading This Book:

  1. I learned that you can take a large branch and simply prop it against your wall at home or turn it into a lamp by wrapping a long cord around a couple of the stronger branches, adding a decorating light bulb to, “create an unusual and cozy corner” (page 28).
  2. You can make plant pots for growing cuttings or smaller plants using newspaper. I love this idea! (page 37)
  3. Vintage wooden clothes pegs can be used to display posters instead of picture frames (page 51).
  4. Use painted backdrops in a home because they are a, “brilliant way to add interest to an interior, and they can be repainted at any time to ring the changes” (page 87).
  5. Use luggage labels and rubber stamps to make hand-printed labels to kitchen storage jars. Simple tie them with twine (page 186).

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5 Ways I’d Like To Use This Book:

  1. To wrap in brown paper and give as a gift.
  2. To showcase on my coffee table.
  3. And later, to display on my bookcase with his first book, The Natural Home, published in 2012. My review of The Natural Home can be found here.
  4. To read it from cover to cover and try to apply some of the ideas.
  5. To identify some of the vintage objects that I like and hunt for them at the local flea market.

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Visit the rest of my blogger friends this week to see their reviews too. You can stop by Lobster & Swan, The Lifestyle Editor, Such Pretty Things and Decor Art all this week.

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Now it’s time for FIVE of you to win a copy of this book! The contest will wrap up on Friday October 17th at 11 am EST and I will announce the winners at the end of the day this Friday. To enter, please leave your first name, blog URL (if you have one) and tell us what 5 things you love about interiors books in general.

UPDATE Oct 18, 2014: Winners have been chosen and will be contacted. Books will be sent to winners directly from Ryland, Peters and Small in London. A warm thank you to all who entered. Comments on this post have now been closed.

WINNERS: #23 Irene, #36 Marilen, #44 Lesley, #151 Emma, #189 Aga,

xo,

Holly

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on October 13, 2014

In Detail By Hans Blomquist: Giveaway On October 13th!

On Monday, October 13th you simply must keep an eye on decor8 because I’ll be writing up a book review of the gorgeous new title by stylist Hans Blomquist, In Detail, photographed by Debi Treloar and Hans as well — AND giving away 5 gorgeous copies. It’s part of a blog book tour I’m kicking off for Ryland, Peters and Small. You’ll want to pin ALL of the photos that I plan to show you, I promise — so watch this space!

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It’s moody, it’s edgy, it’s romantic and it’s the book that you’ll want on your coffee table for Autumn!

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Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on October 07, 2014

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